PENSACOLA, Florida – The co-founder of the “We are building the wall” project to raise money for a border wall was charged with a second tax charge in Florida, in addition to a previous tax charge and a charge of fraud.
A federal grand jury in Pensacola indicted Brian Kolfage on Tuesday with filing a false tax return. He had previously been charged with a separate count of filing a false income tax return and one count of electronic fraud relating to the electronic filing of his tax return.
The original indictment released in May claimed that between January 2019 and July 2020, Kolfage engaged in a scheme to defraud the government in relation to his 2019 federal tax returns.
Kolfage received hundreds of thousands of dollars from several organizations in 2019, including We Build the Wall Inc., which was deposited into his personal bank account, prosecutors said. Kolfage did not report this income to the IRS, officials said. The new charge is linked to Kolfage’s filing of a false amended tax return in December 2020, investigators said.
Kolfage faces additional federal charges in New York City. Last year, a federal grand jury in New York indicted Kolfage and Steve Bannon, former adviser to former President Donald Trump. Bannon was pardoned by Trump on his last day in office. The case still continues against Kolfage and others. New York prosecutors said Kolfage and others had worked to divert some of the $ 25 million raised for the wall project for their personal use.
Kolfage’s lawyers declined to comment on the case.
The private group built a $ 6 million border wall section near Mount Cristo Rey in Sunland Park, New Mexico, near El Paso.
El Paso Times contributed to this story.